Inner voice

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Jan 062018
 

“Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God” (1 John 4:1).

How can we be sure when and if God is speaking to us?

When I was a young Christian I wanted to serve God and sometimes felt his Spirit was telling me to do something.

However, this “still small voice” within sometimes had me in bondage.

In time I came to see that this “voice” was not from God at all because-

-“where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (liberty) (2 Corinthians 3:17).

And I had anything but freedom.

One’s inner “voice” can come-

– from God,

– from our self, or

– from the devil.

If the devil knows he can’t pull us down into acting out in sinful behaviours-

– he may try to “push us over the top” where we become (as the old saying goes) “so heavenly minded we are of little or no earthly use.”

So how can we know where the inner voice is coming from?

Is it a conviction from God’s Spirit?

Could it be a neurotic compulsion from within my self?

Or is it from the devil?

Even King David was cheated by an inner voice from the devil to number the Israelites and brought punishment from God (2 Samuel 24:1; 1 Chronicles 21:1).

With a conviction from God I always have the freedom to say no because “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

With a compulsion-

I am driven and feel that I “have to” do what the “inner voice” is saying no matter what.

If from the tempter-

– it is also more a compulsion.

Keep in mind that God speaks to us through his Word-

– the Bible, and never contrary to it.

He also speaks or leads through various circumstances, as well as through inner convictions.

If it is from God-

– it will always be in harmony with his Word and there will be a sense of freedom.

If it is contrary to God’s Word or any type of compulsion-

– we can know it isn’t God speaking to us and we need to reject it.

For the Bible is-

– perfect, complete and final!

(PA)

Ask God for His Agenda!

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Jan 022018
 

Sometimes there aren’t enough minutes in a day-

– or days in a year—for all our work.

Well, then, how would you like to have a 445-day year?

It happened once!

The early Romans established their calendar on a lunar model, and their year had only 355 days.

In 46 B.C-

Julius Caesar mandated a new solar calendar, making the year 365 days long.

To bring the new calendar on track, he added two extra months to that year, sticking them between November and December.

And he also squeezed three extra weeks between February and March.

The result was a one-time-only year of 445 days-

– which became known as the “Year of Confusion.”

Sometimes every year seems like a year of confusion.

But the secret to getting all your work done isn’t adding days to the year-

– it’s doing only what the heavenly Father has ordained for you.

When Jesus ascended to heaven-

– there was still much work to be done,

– yet He said: “I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.” John 17:4.

Ask God for His agenda each day!

And don’t let the urgent usurp the important.

Make sure to finish the work He gives you day by day.

Place all the hours of this day quite simply at His disposal.

And ask Him to make and keep you ready to do just exactly what He appoints.

(PA)

He acts when He decides!

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Dec 212017
 

immanuel

“When the time had fully come, God sent His Son” (Galatians 4:4).

Only God decided when the hour had come for which the world had been waiting.

When in His judgment all the conditions were right,
– when time had woven all the threads of the centuries into the pattern of His design,
– when the events in the history of the nations had reached the point that He had predetermined,
– then, and not before and not after, the fullness of time was come, and
– then God sent forth His Son.

There is a glorious majesty in the thought of God’s timing of His acts.

He is not to be pressed into hasty action.
Until His hour has come, humankind must wait.

Nor can He be persuaded to postpone His plans.
When His measure of the days and years is filled, there is no more delay.

The Lord is His own counselor.
And He acts when He decides!

This is most significant for our own life and experience.

Because our judgments are clouded as a result of sin-
– we can so easily become impatient and demand premature action that would distort the balance of our lives.
Or we can be slow and late in our timing and again disable the mechanism of events in which each part must mesh perfectly with all the rest.

There is a readiness for all things that is known only to God and the determination of which must be His alone.

May God grant us patience to wait for His fullness of time and a confident trust in His judgment.

(PA)

But…

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Nov 032017
 

It’s not wrong to ask God to intervene when we face an illness or other difficulty.
He loves us, and nothing is beyond His ability to change.

As the Bible says, “Nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).
The Bible also tells us to “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
But-
God doesn’t always answer our prayers the way we wish He would.

This is a mystery we’ll never fully understand this side of heaven.
When it happens we may be tempted to wonder if He has abandoned us.

But-
This isn’t true.
His love for us never changes.
Sometimes we discover the depths of His love most fully in the midst of life’s hard times.
Naturally you want God to change your circumstances by taking away, say, a disease.
But what if He doesn’t?

Then your prayer should be that He will change you – that He will give you the patience and peace you’ll need to adjust to your disability, and even endure it with joy.
Is this possible?
Yes – with God’s help.

Take the first step by asking Jesus Christ to come into your life.
Then ask Him to begin changing you from within by His Spirit.

Life isn’t always the way we wish it were!

But-
When we know Christ we know He is with us – and ahead of us is the joy of heaven.

(PA)

Peace, push and the presence!

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Sep 282017
 

“When you come to a fork in the road,” Yogi Berra said, “take it!”

Not the most coherent piece of advice!
But possibly one of the most realistic!!

We do come to forks in the road of life!
And often do not know which path to take.
What we know is that we cannot stay there.

The disciples came to a fork in the road when Jesus died!
And they couldn’t stay there.

Already they were locking the doors for fear of the Jews.
Then came the news “Jesus is alive!”

So they gathered in a room with the door locked as they stood at their latest “fork.”
And Jesus met them there!

At that place-
He gave them three things.

John 20:21-22:

1. Peace
He pronounced a blessing of peace on the disciples.

2. Push
He pushed them toward the fork of His choosing when He said, “I am sending you”.

3. Presence
He told them to receive the Holy Spirit!
– the Comforter who would be with them as they went, bringing them inner peace.

Jesus had brought them to that fork in the road.
They were there by His design, and the path of His choosing now lay before them.
With His peace they were to go forth, accompanied by the Holy Spirit.

Have you ever sensed that you were standing at a fork of God’s design?
It may seem safer to stay at the fork in the road!

But-
Jesus promises you peace and will give you a push-
– sending you along the road of His choosing in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

God has brought you to a decision point where you need to take a next step.
Don’t hesitate to go where He is leading you.

Remember!
He gives you peace, push and the presence of His Spirit!

(PA)